Ultimate Guide to the La Rioja Wine Region

La Rioja Wine Region Agriculture

­In order to harvest any good crop, you need good land, good weather and ­ hardworking people. In La Rioja's three regions -- Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja -- all of these exist [source: Vibrant Rioja]. The region's land benefits from the following factors:

  • Well-balanced amounts of clay, sand and limestone
  • Slight alkaline levels
  • Moderate water supply
  • Low organic matter
  • Distinct microclimates that provide ideal weather conditions [source: Wines from Spain]

La Rioja is well known for its Tempranillo grapes, but the region's winemakers work with other varietals as well.

There are many vineyards to choose from in La Rioja. Some of the most famous are:

  • Artadi
  • Granja de Nuestra Señora de Remelluri
  • Marqués de Murrieta
  • Marqués de Riscal
  • Martinez Bujanda
  • Miguel Merino
  • Muga [source: Cellar Tours]

Much of the region's land is used for the growing of grapes. Altogether, the grapes grow on 153,000 acres (62,000 hectares) throughout La Rioja [source: Wines from Spain].

Read on to learn about some of the famous grapes and wines of La Rioja.